Remember way back on TUF 9 when Bisping got into it with our beloved Damarques Johnson over being called “whiter than a Band-Aid”? Bisping got extremely perturbed at that comment and decided to squirt water in our main man’s face because he assumed Dzilla made the comment. During the exchange of words that ensued between the two, Bisping threw out how racist it was for Johnson to call someone ‘whiter than a Band-Aid’, but the problem was Johnson didn’t even say it. The jab was made by none other than Cameron Dollar who also just so happens to be ‘whiter than a Band-Aid’ (actually, Band-Aids aren’t even white at all, they’re more like a beige color). There goes count number one of incorrect usage of the racism card by Mike Bisping.
Let’s fast forward to today. Bisping and Jorge Rivera are having a fun little flurry of smack-talk leading up to their upcoming fight at UFC 127, and Bisping just delivered his second count of improper use of the racism card during a recent interview with MMMJunkie.com.
“He’s criticized me and ridiculed me for being English,” the 31-year-old fighter said. “He’s being racist – let’s be honest. If he was making fun of me because I was Jewish or black, there would be an uproar. But because I’m English, that’s OK. He’s out of order, and I’m going to make him pay for it.”
“He’s acting like a child. He’s 38 years old; you’d think he’d know better. I’m just getting on with my training and trying to prepare accordingly. Whereas he’s selling his soul for the sake of a few YouTube hits. Ultimately, he’s making a fool out of himself … acting like a retard. Good luck to him.”
Even though I realize it must be terribly difficult to be a descendant of English heritage because they have been endured so much horrible persecution and suppression throughout history, I have to break some bad news to Bisping. He is once again incorrectly using the racism card. If we want to get really technical and precise here, being ridiculed for your English heritage isn’t actually racist. Racism is defined as the belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race. If you are extra sensitive, it can be considered prejudice but not racist because English is not a race, it’s a national origin. Maybe if Rivera made fun of him for being Caucasian he could throw out his racist card, but never for being English. Two counts of improper racism card usage, seems like there should be some sort of fine for that. Maybe a traffic ticket or some bright orange jumpsuit wearing highway trash pickup community service or maybe some old school Catholic nun style ruler to the knuckles corporal punishment. [Source]